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Endoscopic Exams Indicate Racing Potential

Recent research indicates that endoscopic examination of yearlings can help determine their eventual racing success. However, research also showed certain abnormalities that in the past were considered indicators of poor performance were not predictive of actual athletic performance in the adult horse.

Darley Stud Fees

Sheikh Mohammed's Darley Stud Management announced 2002 fees for 25 of its 26 stallions, and not unexpectedly some will be going down and some up.

Championships on NBC Through 2005

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association, Breeders' Cup, and NBC Sports have agreed to a four-year extension that will keep the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships on NBC through 2005, officials from the organizations announced Tuesday at a press conference in New York City. The Breeders' Cup has been televised on NBC since it began in 1984.

Breeders' Cup Distaff Report--10/22/2001

The Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) has the reputation of being the most formful race on racing's most important day. However, it is actually the Juvenile that has the lowest average winning payoff of $10.84 of the seven traditional races on the card. The Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT) has only had two runnings, and should not be judged historically. The Distaff comes in second with an average winning payoff of $17.09; no doubt last year's $113.80 upset victory by Spain has done much to lift that average.

Simulcasting in Northern California May Expand

Recent legislation passed in California and signed by Gov. Gray Davis will allow Northern California racetracks and county fairs to expand simulcasting if the number of live racing dates is reduced. The new law also allows additional simulcasting if live racing is interrupted because of power failures that have plagued the state in recent years.

Steve Haskin's Classic Report: Fantastic Sees the Light

Unlike his non-work last Friday, Fantastic Light lit up the Belmont track Tuesday, as he blazed five furlongs in :59 4/5 with jockey Frankie Dettori aboard, flying home his final quarter in :23 2/5 and galloping out a strong six furlongs in 1:12 3/5. Private clockers caught him a tick faster in :59 3/5. About an hour and a half later, Godolphin's other star, Sakhee, also showed more life, working his five furlongs in 1:01, with regular exercise rider Lee Roebuck up.

Lawmakers: Final Touches Put on VLT Legislation

Officials in New York are closing in on a historic gambling package that would give some racetracks video lottery terminals, permit up to six Indian-owned casinos in western New York and the Catskill Mountains, and expand the
state's lottery offerings.

Patriotism Carries Over to Thoroughbred Names

The Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the United States have generated a groundswell of patriotism, and Thoroughbred names are no exception. Owners have named their young racing prospects in tribute to the country and those who defend and care for it.

Perigee Moon to Park Stud

Irish group winner Perigee Moon, a half-brother to grade II winner Old Trieste, will enter stud at Michael C. Byrne's Park Stud near Orangeville, Ontario, Canada.

Mixed Bag for California Legislation

California Gov. Gray Davis signed legislation authorizing the California Horse Racing Board to enter into an interstate compact for owners license but vetoed a bill that would have permitted racetracks and owners to lower takeout on betting handle.

Rees Named 'Horseman of the Year'

Jennie Rees, racing writer for the Louisville Courier-Journal, has been named the Warner L. Jones Jr. "Horseman of the Year." Rees will accept the award Nov. 17 during a dinner at the Kentucky Derby Museum at Churchill Downs.

World Cup Plans Promotional Campaign

In light of the recent terrorist attacks in the United States, and the resulting situation internationally, organizers of the Dubai World Cup program plan an intensive promotional campaign to ensure the 2002 Dubai World Cup is well-received by horsemen, the Gulf News reported.

The Next Jump

By Lenny Shulman -- Not satisfied with being a champion amateur steeplechase rider in both the United States and Great Britain, a feat no one else has approached, George Sloan desperately sought to popularize his sport by putting it before the American public.

All Together Now

By Ray Paulick -- What we may have by year's end are as many as a half-dozen proposals for medication.

Volponi Upsets Burning Roma in Pegasus

Volponi sat patiently behind the dueling leaders and kicked home in the stretch to take the $250,000 Pegasus Handicap (gr. II) on Friday night at the Meadowlands.

Steve Haskin's Classic Report -- Oct. 22

Jay Robbins didn't have to say a word following Tiznow's gallop Monday morning. He looked up at Pam York, aboard Andy the pony, and gave her a double thumbs up. This sure wasn't the same obstinate, cantankerous Tiznow we saw on Sunday.

Marsha Naify Purchases 505 Farm

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Keeping it all in the family, Marsha J. Naify, has completed the purchase of 505 Farm near Lexington, Ky. The 500-acre Thoroughbred operation has been run by the Naify Trust since the April, 2000, death of Marshall Naify, Marsha's father, who bought the farm a decade ago and raced such stakes winners as Manistique, Swept Overboard, Cliquot, Lacquaria, and David Copperfield.

Pennekamp to France

Darley Stud Management stallion Pennekamp, who has stood at Kildangan Stud in Ireland since 1997, will stand the 2002 season under the Darley banner at Haras du Logis in France.

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